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by Rob Weaver
March 20th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 4230

Re: $3000 bottle

I have enjoyed Fairchild's Sigaro cab and tasting wine on his patio with my wife, but this is just plain nuts. A mag, I guess its a mag, of California Cab for 3k?? I just can't imagine someone paying that, regardless of how pretentious they may be. Isn't that more than Screaming Eagle (off the list)...
by Rob Weaver
March 17th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

These are stella-r wines. I just wish they were more available. The 2010 bottling of this remains the best brunello I have yet had. I have 3 magnums left and they are going to be killer 5-10 years from now.
by Rob Weaver
February 14th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Pommard
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Burgundy: Pommard

Had this recently and it was singing:

2012 Rossignol Epenots

Have also enjoyed Joseph Voillot, who makes 5 or 6 wines from the region.
by Rob Weaver
February 9th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1214

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

Dean and Deluca in St. Helena has all the picnic supplies one could hope for, will cost you though.
by Rob Weaver
February 5th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Realm Release
Replies: 85
Views: 5902

Re: Upcoming Realm Release

They really have quite the premium on mags. Its hard for me to pull the trigger on those even though they are my only vector to get more of the Dr. Crane and BTK.
by Rob Weaver
February 4th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 5268

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

I had a lovely 2013 Hobbs Las Piedras recently. I think it was slightly north of $200. I buy Spottswoode, Continuum, Insignia, Realm, Maybach, Kapcsandy, Macdonald, VHR and Blankiet. Outside of Spottswoode and Insignia which have excellent track records, the others are more of an unknown after 12 ye...
by Rob Weaver
February 4th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 5268

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 9:37 pm
Hi. Sorry. Not much to offer than please ignore the advice to buy del dotto.
Good advice!
by Rob Weaver
January 22nd, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB:Super Bowl Wine
Replies: 0
Views: 279

LTB:Super Bowl Wine

My wine group conducts a friendly contest prior to watching the Super Bowl. It's double blind, each person chooses their top 3 wines (not technically knowing which is their own). The wine should be on the high end and ready to drink. Historically Left Bank Bordeaux has dominated this event and frank...
by Rob Weaver
January 16th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Starting New
Replies: 20
Views: 1164

Re: Starting New

I would be careful with Cali Pinot. When your palate changes and it will these overripe, high alcohol Pinots will likely fall out of favor quickly, especially Sea Smoke, Kosta Brown and Aubert. When I first started collecting I loved those wines in stocked quite a bit. I hate them with a passion now...
by Rob Weaver
January 12th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

Hard to get much worse than Myriad.
Hate the Rhys labels, but more because it’s difficult to read the designation.
by Rob Weaver
January 10th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2217

Re: Paulee 2019

How does the gala dinner work? Do they serve wines with dinner or do you bring your own? How does the whole sharing thing play out?
by Rob Weaver
January 5th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Ilans
Replies: 17
Views: 2115

Re: A few Ilans

Why even post about these wines given the justifiable heartburn it gives some in this community? It’s like crowing that you got all of your PC futures. Seems unnecessary.
by Rob Weaver
January 4th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2016 Barroche Pure
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: 2016 Barroche Pure

Sold.
by Rob Weaver
January 4th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2016 Barroche Pure
Replies: 2
Views: 217

2016 Barroche Pure

4 x $100 per bottle.

Normal conditions apply
by Rob Weaver
December 31st, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1415

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

Some or all of these depending on company

2013 Hebrart Special Club
2006 Ruinart
1996 Leoville Barton
1996 Grand Puy Lacoste
by Rob Weaver
November 26th, 2018, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee
Replies: 10
Views: 477

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee

These wines didn't wow me in the past. 2014 and 2015 are super wines. They have gotten my attention, for sure! Thanks for the note, and reminder to keep seeking for these wines. I have really enjoyed the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 versions of these. The 2010 is more advanced than I thought it would ...
by Rob Weaver
November 17th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Bard
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: 2016 The Bard

The handful of notes on CT describe 2016 as a “medium bodied” wine that on Realm’s website is “considered the quintessential wine of Realm: a dense, weighty and concentrated wine year in and year out”. It is not nearly as concentrated as I have come to expect from Realm, which to me is a really goo...
by Rob Weaver
November 15th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...
Replies: 46
Views: 2341

Re: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...

Flickingers
Benchmark
B21
by Rob Weaver
November 6th, 2018, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1440

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

I sold six cases of wine. Gross amount was $4,500. They paid half the shipping. I provided boxes. I shipped straight from Wine Bank to them. Seemless and a good transaction. As with almost any arms length sale, I felt decent value and I imagine they did too. I’d do business with them again. Now, th...
by Rob Weaver
November 5th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: America's Best Merlot
Replies: 123
Views: 5633

Re: America's Best Merlot

Some really good recommendations here. Surprisingly, not because I know it to be good, but rather the winery is so well regarded and they seem to be killing it with everything, I haven't seen Realm Tempest.
by Rob Weaver
November 5th, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1440

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

I am just curious, did you do this before or after the "selling list" feature existed? And if after, is there a reason why you didn't use the integrated feature? I'm not sure actually. I did this about 2 weeks ago and if the feature existed then, I didn't know about it otherwise would have definite...
by Rob Weaver
November 5th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1440

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

I guess I did this the old fashioned way. I downloaded the wines that I wanted to sell into a spreadsheet and sent it to Benchmark. They responded with a timely and fair proposal and sent me all the packaging supplies needed and paid for overnight shipping of the wines. A really painless process. As...
by Rob Weaver
October 31st, 2018, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers
Replies: 22
Views: 1167

Re: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers

I needed a bottle for a dinner meeting in Chicago a while back.

I ordered it in the morning and picked it up later that day no problem.

In general with only one exception I have found them to be a great vendor.
by Rob Weaver
October 5th, 2018, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?
Replies: 61
Views: 2714

Re: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?

I’m struggling with why you think someone needs to make this right. It was a simple mistake, you are out nothing. Is this really where we are these days? We all make mistakes. Personally I’m glad I’m not tasked with making every one of them right. Sometimes it’s ok to just forgive even when no apolo...
by Rob Weaver
September 17th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Intro Holy Grail Steak Co. plus special Berserker discount code
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: Intro Holy Grail Steak Co. plus special Berserker discount code

Ordered some strips yesterday for my mom's birthday dinner. She is very excited. Going to open some Macdonald wine to go along with. Are there any special instructions for grilling these or just business as usual. I generally cook strips for 3 minutes a side over a very hot, 600 degree grill.
by Rob Weaver
September 16th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best Format for a Wine Tasting
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: Best Format for a Wine Tasting

Similar to what Mike posted, meet once a week, all wine tasted blind, everybody makes their call, reveal and move on to next Wine. At end of night group picks top 3. There is always a theme, usually minimum price as in 40+ etc. anything goes, but there is a bit of good natured shaming if you are cle...
by Rob Weaver
September 6th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Requesting collective wisdom: Togni, Monte Bello, Montelena
Replies: 33
Views: 1710

Re: Requesting collective wisdom: Togni, Monte Bello, Montelena

I love Togni. 2006 is drinking well at the moment.
by Rob Weaver
August 11th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 10114

Your dumbest purchase

What is a 27 liter bottle called anyway?

Primat or Goliath
by Rob Weaver
August 10th, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings
Replies: 282
Views: 11446

RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings

I blame myself for owning multiple cases of Rhys, not the board, not the critics. I find the wine uninspired at the price point, but I kept buying. I guess I should have trusted my palate more, but I kept falling into the trap that you have to let these babies age, so I kept buying for the hope set ...
by Rob Weaver
August 10th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings
Replies: 282
Views: 11446

RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings

It seems that the producers that no longer post here have achieved their agenda and left. Brian has said in the past that he has been told by producers why they don’t post here and while I believe he is telling the truth I just don’t buy it. What was it that drove Justin away? A large saxum waiting...
by Rob Weaver
August 9th, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 10114

Your dumbest purchase

p@ulbortin wrote:Cases upon cases of 2003 Montrose, arghhh the cases of Burgs I should have.
I love this wine, let me know if you want to sell some.
by Rob Weaver
August 9th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 10114

Your dumbest purchase

A. So wrote:Rhys. Cases upon cases of mediocre pinot. My fault for buying into the hype and Gilman's rave reviews.

Wow, glad somebody said it. I thought I was the only one.
by Rob Weaver
August 2nd, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Anderson Conn Valley Napa Cab
Replies: 3
Views: 438

2016 Anderson Conn Valley Napa Cab

I’m drinking a bottle now as a matter of fact. It’s delicious, simple and straightforward, but tasty. Red fruits predominate. Not much oak or tannin, decent cut. Restrained and food friendly. I bought a case and picked it up for 32 which I would do again.
by Rob Weaver
July 23rd, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2012 Marcassin Pinot
Replies: 1
Views: 461

2012 Marcassin Pinot

Case, directly from winery if you live in CA, OR, WA, CO, CT, DC, MN, MO, NM, SC, WI
by Rob Weaver
July 6th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on provenance
Replies: 30
Views: 1129

Question on provenance

Just my .02. TCA in the wine occurs when the wine comes in contact with the TCA in the cork(I am not referencing issues with cork taint in a winery as that doesn’t seem applicable). In my experience bottles where wine has saturated the cork are more likely to exhibit cork taint. As Ian said, the sa...
by Rob Weaver
July 5th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on provenance
Replies: 30
Views: 1129

Question on provenance

In answer to some of the questions. Yes I noted the differing fill levels when taking them out of the OWC. The OWC did appear to have been opened previously, but that could have been due to shipping. I really didn't know what to expect as this is the first time I sourced a case on an older vintage B...
by Rob Weaver
July 5th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on provenance
Replies: 30
Views: 1129

Question on provenance

I bought some 1990 Leoville Barton ex-negociant from a reputable retailer (Flickinger) a while back. It was delivered in March/April 2018. So far I have opened 5 bottles. 3 have been corked, 1 oxidized and 1 drinking fine. The fill levels on all the bottles vary widely. None appear to be too low for...
by Rob Weaver
May 27th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Gift You've Received
Replies: 54
Views: 1935

Best Wine Gift You've Received

I helped broker the sale of a small business and the shareholder who cashed out gave me a 1996 Latour, 1996 Margaux and 1986 Mouton.
by Rob Weaver
April 30th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?
Replies: 73
Views: 2749

Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?

I’m thinking about going a different route. I have a fantastic wine group that generally gets together once a week. This group is principally responsible for vastly expanding my appreciation of wine and has substantively refactored my cellar make up, much to the chagrin of my wife who was perfectly ...
by Rob Weaver
April 17th, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Stuck at retailer
Replies: 42
Views: 2544

Wine Stuck at retailer

I have been requested by various retailers where I have stranded wine to send them shipping labels that "ship the wine from me to me". That is easy enough for me to do, but is it ok or am I now running afoul of the law?
by Rob Weaver
April 17th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need California Chardonnay Recommendation (non-buttery taste)
Replies: 62
Views: 2401

Need California Chardonnay Recommendation (non-buttery taste)

Mayacamas
Forman
Arnot-Roberts
Ceritas
by Rob Weaver
April 16th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Insuring wine collection
Replies: 38
Views: 3746

Insuring wine collection

My quote came back at $800/yr for 150k +/-, half stored in my home, half in the offsite facility. Looks like the underlying coverage is from AIG. But interestingly, it is limited in its coverage of damage caused by earthquakes, named storms and floods, which seem to be major sources of potential los...
by Rob Weaver
April 13th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Insuring wine collection
Replies: 38
Views: 3746

Insuring wine collection

I have about 1500 bottles of wine according to CellarTracker, about half is stored at my house the other half in professional wine storage. The wine storage company requires me to either have my own insurance or to buy theirs, which is not reasonable. So I am looking for recommendations for insurers...
by Rob Weaver
February 15th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Scarecrow Release
Replies: 105
Views: 10316

Upcoming Scarecrow Release

Been getting that same letter for about four years now, still no allocation.
by Rob Weaver
February 13th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm alternatives
Replies: 28
Views: 3028

Realm alternatives

Need to decide before midnight whether to take my Realm allocation, Farella is an easy yes as Dr. Crane used to be, but we are now at about $250 a bottle shipped. It’s great wine no doubt, but I already have a bunch in the cellar and I’m wondering where else I should be looking in this increasingly ...
by Rob Weaver
November 20th, 2017, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I started collecting when I was... now I'm...
Replies: 120
Views: 3943

I started collecting when I was... now I'm...

CT shows I started in 2005 with a 1991 Beringer Reserve Cab at the age of 41, now 53, with 1600 bottles, primarily focused on quality. Love the cellar mix with the one exception of Cali Pinot, which I have grown to hate and still have 100+ bottles.
by Rob Weaver
November 6th, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous
Replies: 78
Views: 5180

2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous

Robert has been instrumental in helping me build a very nice selection of Burgundy in my cellar, where there was once none. He sells great wine at great prices, his enthusiasm is genuine and over the top, all at the same time. What's not to like? I'm glad that the consumer watchdogs did not protect ...
by Rob Weaver
October 21st, 2017, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2005 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 3
Views: 298

TNR: 2005 La Mission Haut Brion

I know it's young, but I have several bottles and would like to open one to celebrate a birthday.

Plenty of tasting notes on CT. I'm looking for a proper decant strategy.

Thanks.

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